The Marlins’ 12-0 streak in one-run games came to an end today, as Miami dropped a 6-5 result to the Reds. However, the loss may have had a bigger-picture cost, as outfielders Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Jesus Sanchez both had to make early exits due to injuries.
Sanchez’s day lasted just one inning, as he suffered a sore right hamstring while making a diving catch on a Tyler Stephenson fly ball in the top of the first, and was replaced in right field by Peyton Burdick for the top of the second inning. Chisholm made his own attempt at a highlight catch in the eighth, but collided with the wall while in full pursuit of a Henry Ramos fly ball that landed for a double. After staying down for a few minutes while examined by trainers, Chisholm left the game and was replaced by Garrett Hampson in center field. The team later announced that Chisholm suffered a contusion on his right foot.
Sanchez will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury, though a trip to the injured list seems like it will be in order considering how the outfielder has been dealing with hamstring problems for a few days. He had to leave Wednesday’s 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks due to a hamstring soreness, but after Thursday’s off-day, it appeared as though Sanchez was okay after pinch-hitting in Friday’s game and then returning to the starting lineup today.
After getting off to a very slow start, Sanchez has been one of baseball’s hitters over the last few weeks, with a 1.185 OPS over his last 42 plate appearances. This hot streak has boosted his season slash line to .290/.364/.551, with 72 of his 77 PA coming against right-handed pitching. While the Marlins are still using Sanchez in a platoon capacity, he has certainly carved out a valuable role for himself on a team in sore need of offense.
X-rays were negative on Chisholm’s foot, so as ugly as his collision initially looked, the center fielder might have avoided any serious damage. A trip to the IL can’t be ruled out if Chisholm’s foot experiences swelling or soreness in the next couple of days, but he did tell reporters after the game that his foot was feeling somewhat better. We might not have an answer on his status until Tuesday, since it seems likely that Miami will sit Chisholm for Sunday’s game and the Marlins then have an off-day Monday.
Chisholm is hitting a modest .229/.291/.403 over 159 PA this season, though he does have seven home runs and 14 steals in 16 chances. While this offensive production is below average, the Marlins’ experiment of moving Chisholm from second base to center field seems to be working out, depending on what public defensive metric you prefer. Both the Outs Above Average (+3) and UZR/150 (+6.6) metrics are fans of Chisholm’s glovework, though the Defensive Runs Saved metrics grade Chisholm with -4 DRS. Of course, today’s situation also highlights some of the injury risk posed by the position switch, even if Chisholm also dealt with plenty of injuries while working as an infielder.
Losing two regular outfielders would be a blow to any team, but Miami is already thin on the grass with Avisail Garcia and Garrett Cooper both on the 10-day IL. Cooper is at least closer to a return from his inner infection, as he started a minor league rehab assignment on Friday. Burdick, Jorge Soler, and utilitymen Hampson and Jon Berti can all play the outfield on at least a short-term basis, and Joey Wendle has outfield experience even though he has played exclusively as an infielder since the start of the 2020 season. Looking further down the depth chart, Jerar Encarnacion is the only other outfielder on the Marlins’ 40-man roster.
Or should I say, two bad!
Heh heh heh… (snort)
Dumpster Divin Theo
Heh heh, heh heh, shut up Beavis
No, you do it first fart knocker HUH huh
OUCH!! WHAT DID YOU DO THAT FOR!?!
Heh heh heh, cause it was cool
Two for the Road
I truly miss the days of buying championships and fire sales.
Chisholm is dog water. What has he accomplished to be on the cover of a videogame? It’s plain to see his selection as nothing other than a gesture of woke virtue signaling. A mediocre player who had a flash in the pan performance.
Well, the Dbacks got Zac Gallen for him. We’re grateful to Jizzy for that!
Jazz sure gets a Lotta pub for a zero W.A.R player. His dance moves are more “generational” and exciting than his play.
Wah wah wah
Woke virtue signaling? More like corporate capitalism. NBA 2k and madden (the shows biggest competitors) sell a ton of copies to young black people. It makes sense to try to increase your market share by putting a young, exciting player on your cover that might entice some people to buy the game that otherwise may not
Not everything is about your culture war narratives
Apparently not everything is about merit either. Didn’t know lousy stats were a culture narrative.
“Woke virtual signaling” when a black man is on it cover is the culture war narrative I was referring to. And capitalism is not a meritocracy. It’s about making the most money possible
“Sanchez has been one of baseball’s hitters over the last few weeks”
Are you sure?
Dumpster Divin Theo
Chisholm tried to make a spectacular play at the wall. Almost! Unfortunately, he had Jazz hands. Poof
Avisail may get more starts after all. It